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Hawaii to fight US President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban

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Entrance sign of Trump International Hotel at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. Photo: Getty
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A day after President Donald Trump signed a revised travel ban, lawyers for Hawaii say the state will challenge that order as well.

Hawaii wants to amend its existing lawsuit challenging Mr Trump’s previous order so it can contest the revised one, according to a motion filed in a federal court in Honolulu.

The new order bars new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shuts down America’s refugee program, affecting would-be visitors and immigrants from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.

Hawaii’s lawsuit had been on hold while a nationwide injunction on the initial ban remained in place. This is the second time Hawaii has asked a judge to lift the stay in order to file an amended lawsuit.

Last month, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu allowed the state to file an amended lawsuit adding the Muslim Association of Hawaii’s imam as a plaintiff.

The mother-in-law of Imam Ismail Elshikh is a Syrian national living in Syria, according to the lawsuit that details the effect the ban would have had on Elshikh’s family and others in Hawaii.

Hawaii plans to file its amended lawsuit on Wednesday (US time).

“This new executive order is nothing more than Muslim Ban 2.0,” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement .

“Under the pretence of national security, it still targets immigrants and refugees. It leaves the door open for even further restrictions.”